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S.B. 257

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PERSONALIZED EDUCATOR EVALUATION TECHNOLOGY

             2     
2013 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: J. Stuart Adams

             5     
House Sponsor: Gregory H. Hughes

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill requires the State Board of Education to select a provider of educator
             10      evaluation software that uses evaluation data to develop a personalized professional
             11      development plan for an educator.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    defines terms;
             15          .    requires the State Board of Education to:
             16              .    select a single provider, through a request for proposals process, to provide
             17      software to implement educator evaluations; and
             18              .    distribute the educator evaluation software to school districts and charter
             19      schools that apply to use the software;
             20          .    specifies criteria to consider in selecting a provider of educator evaluation software;
             21      and
             22          .    requires the State Board of Education to make rules:
             23              .    establishing procedures for applying for, and selecting applicants to receive, the
             24      educator evaluation software; and
             25              .    specifying criteria for the allocation of the educator evaluation software among
             26      schools and charter schools that apply to use the software.
             27      Money Appropriated in this Bill:


             28          This bill appropriates in fiscal year 2014:
             29          .    to the State Board of Education as a one-time appropriation:
             30              .    from the Education Fund, $70,000.
             31      Other Special Clauses:
             32          This bill provides an effective date.
             33      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             34      ENACTS:
             35          53A-8a-411, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             36     
             37      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             38          Section 1. Section 53A-8a-411 is enacted to read:
             39          53A-8a-411. Educator evaluation software.
             40          (1) As used in this section:
             41          (a) "Dashboard" means a website tool that:
             42          (i) displays a set of performance indicators and other relevant information; and
             43          (ii) allows the user to drill into particular aspects of the display or switch between
             44      facets or views of the data.
             45          (b) "Observation tool" means an instrument that:
             46          (i) is used to observe the performance of a teacher and the teacher's students in a
             47      classroom; and
             48          (ii) includes performance standards and a checklist of observable behaviors to indicate
             49      the attainment of the performance standards.
             50          (2) The State Board of Education shall:
             51          (a) select a single provider, through a request for proposals process, to provide
             52      software to implement educator evaluations; and
             53          (b) distribute the software to school districts and charter schools that apply to use the
             54      software.
             55          (3) In selecting a provider of educator evaluation software, the State Board of
             56      Education shall consider the following criteria:
             57          (a) whether the provider customizes the evaluation rubric to align with the evaluation
             58      framework established by the State Board of Education pursuant to Section 53A-8a-409 ;


             59          (b) whether the software includes a data analysis component that:
             60          (i) analyzes data in real time;
             61          (ii) uses data collected through observations and an evaluation of an educator to create
             62      a personalized professional development plan for the educator;
             63          (iii) tracks the implementation of professional development activities; and
             64          (iv) uses data on the implementation of professional development activities to compare
             65      and identify the most effective resources for the improvement of instruction and student
             66      academic outcomes;
             67          (c) whether the software provides for a customized observation and evaluation
             68      program, including customized reports and reporting dashboards, so that a school district or
             69      charter school may use existing processes and instructional frameworks;
             70          (d) whether the software integrates video observations as part of an evaluation;
             71          (e) whether the provider provides:
             72          (i) ongoing user training;
             73          (ii) a free observation tool; and
             74          (iii) a free online library of professional development; and
             75          (f) whether, for an additional fee, the provider hosts, or arranges for a third-party to
             76      provide, optional professional development.
             77          (4) The State Board of Education shall make rules:
             78          (a) establishing procedures for applying for, and selecting applicants to receive, the
             79      educator evaluation software; and
             80          (b) specifying criteria for allocating the educator evaluation software among school
             81      districts and charter schools that apply to use the software.
             82          (5) A school district or charter school that receives educator evaluation software
             83      distributed under this section:
             84          (a) shall use the software to:
             85          (i) implement an evaluation of a teacher or principal as required by Chapter 8a, Part 4,
             86      Educator Evaluations;
             87          (ii) administer both formative and summative evaluations; and
             88          (iii) provide personalized feedback and support that meets the individual needs of a
             89      teacher or principal; and


             90          (b) use the data collected through observations and evaluations to develop an
             91      individualized learning plan and personalized professional development goals for each teacher
             92      or principal.
             93          Section 2. Appropriation.
             94          Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures Act, for
             95      the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013, and ending June 30, 2014, the following sums of money
             96      are appropriated from resources not otherwise appropriated, or reduced from amounts
             97      previously appropriated, out of the funds or accounts indicated. These sums of money are in
             98      addition to any amounts previously appropriated for fiscal year 2014.
             99          To State Board of Education
             100              From Education Fund, One-time
$70,000

             101              Schedule of Programs:
             102                  USOE Initiatives - Contracts and Grants    $70,000
             103          The Legislature intends that the appropriation provided in this section be used for
             104      educator evaluation software in accordance with Section 53A-8a-411.
             105          Section 3. Effective date.
             106          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), this bill takes effect on May 14, 2013.
             107          (2) Uncodified Section 2, Appropriation, takes effect on July 1, 2013.




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